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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mad about Eyelevel Gallery

The Eyelevel's March Madness fundraiser is packed with community events for a good cause

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Eyelevel Gallery director Michael McCormack gears up for March Madness
  • Eyelevel Gallery director Michael McCormack gears up for March Madness

Hey, Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping at the Sally-Eye Thrift Shop? 

For three weeks in March, Eyelevel Gallery (2159 Gottingen) will have a mega blowout sale at Halifax’s newest and hottest thrift store (opening March 2, 11am-6pm). They will have everything to suit your thrift shopping needs; from furniture, $5 bags of clothing, vinyl and everything else in between. 

Eyelevel Gallery is the oldest artist-run gallery in Atlantic Canada. Director Michael McCormack likes to have fundraisers that offer a service to the community, he says. “It’s inspired by the idea of thrift stores being a community resource and having affordable interesting things [available] to the public while having a fundraiser for the gallery.” 

Besides the Sally-Eye Thrift Shop, throughout the month there also will be film nights, a games day, a live auction, karaoke, flea market and a lecture series. And if you have a burning desire to share an embarrassing, funny or awkward diary entry, check out the March 15 Dear Diary event at Fred. Special guests will read aloud from their private journals and McCormack says there’s an open mic portion of the night where the floor will be open to others who want to share their secret entries.

The Eyelevel Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that has been in Halifax for 38 years. “We offer a platform for the discussion of contemporary art and artists in the community,” says McCormack. Like other businesses and gallery in Halifax, Eyelevel Gallery has faced a rent increase. “We’re coming at the end of our fiscal year and we are just crawling by as a non-for-profit organization,” he says. All the money that will come from March Madness will go towards the operational costs and maintaining of Eyelevel “At the end we will be donating any extra stuff to the Salvation Army,” says McCormack. For full details on the events in March Madness, stop by the gallery at 2159 Gottingen or check out Eyelevel’s website

McCormack has been the director of the Eyelevel Gallery since the spring of 2009 and has been a volunteer and board member for nearly a decade. “I also grew up in Halifax alongside Eyelevel for 16 years before I knew it even existed,” says McCormack. “So it feels like a long lost older sibling to me.” Supported by the “most multi-talented and hard working board of directors,” McCormack says, “I feel extremely fortunate to be in this position.”

If you’re an emerging artist who would also like to get involved in the gallery, the Eyelevel’s annual Y-Level Exhibition is seeking participants in their annual group exhibition. The show centres around the concept of isolation within domestic and social spaces. Deadline for submissions is March 8. See http://eyelevelgallery.ca/submissions for more information.

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